By Mark Elezaj
NEW YORK CITY– Deontay Wilder has expressed his feelings on wanting to kill, or “catch a body” as he puts it, one of his opponents in the ring during a fight. Some fans say it’s just him trying to sell a fight while others are saying he should be fined, stripped or even suspended for his words.
Be that as it may, he hasn’t stopped pushing that narrative. He recently spoke on the possibility of killing Dominic Breazeale this Saturday night when talking to a group of reporters at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn.
“His life is on the line for this fight, and I do mean his life,” Wilder said. “I’m still trying to get me a body on my record.”
“Hey, Dominic Breazeale asked for this,” Wilder said. “I didn’t go seek him, he seeked me. So, if it comes, it comes. This is a brutal sport. This is not a gentleman’s sport. I keep saying this is not a gentleman’s sport. We don’t ask to hit each other in the face, but we does anyway. You can ask any doctor around the world, and he’ll tell you a head is not meant to be hit. Anybody can go. And on this particular time, we have bad blood against each other. This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time – it’s legal. So why not use my right to do so?”
Breazeale, who challenges Wilder this Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for the WBC heavyweight championship, has a rivalry going back to 2017, when the two were involved in a physical confrontation inside a hotel lobby in Alabama.
Breazeale said Wilder has crossed the line with his talk of killing an opponent.
“I’m super upset,” Breazeale told CBS Sports’ “State of Combat” podcast on Tuesday.
“You never want to hear an individual, and I don’t care what sport it is but especially in the sport of boxing, who has the ability to put someone else in a bad state of mind or hurt them physically. I don’t think he understands what he’s saying. He’s just not all there, if that makes sense.”
“Both he and I have knocked out individuals with shots where I am like, ‘Oh God, I hope he is going to be OK from this.’ But that’s just my ring gentleman ship and having a care for life. Because of it, he is going to have to pay. He was going to pay anyways and I was going to have sportsmanship behind it but now when I put this beating on him and I hurt him and punish him, I’m not going to shake this man’s hand. I’m not going to tell people I feel sorry for him if he’s hurt. It is what it is and he has comeuppance coming his way.”
“There is no way you can get behind a heavyweight champ who wants to put harm on another individual or take another man’s life or put them in a coma,” Breazeale said. “That just doesn’t make any sense and that’s not the barbaric state of mind that any champion should be in” Breazeale added.
When confronted over his statements, Wilder was asked if he now regrets making those comments.
“I don’t regret nothing that I say. I am passionate about what I say and passionate about what I do. I’ve always been real. I don’t worry about being politically correct,” Wilder told BBC Sport.
Wilder vs. Breazeale takes place this Saturday night, May 18th, live on Showtime, from The Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY. You do not want to miss this one.
~ The Fighting Voice ~